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Chris Heinz

I help people know themselves so they can be better. I'm a trainer and coach around strengths, the Enneagram, and employee engagement. As the Chief People Officer for EnergyCAP, Inc., I'm also a top-rated Learning Partner for Penn State. I hold coaching certifications from Gallup and the International Coach Federation, and in the Enneagram. My writing has been featured as "Best of the Week" by "Human Resources Today." I'm also the author of the “Made To Pray” book and prayer assessment, which helps people find their prayer strengths. I live with my wife and three children in central PA and blog from www.ChrisHeinz.com.
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Recent Posts

Why We're Thankful for the 34 Strengths

Nov 25, 2019 3:08:28 PM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths

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This is Thanksgiving Week in the United States, when we make time to think about what we're thankful for. After working with hundreds of people on their strengths, I'm grateful for the different ways that people are talented. Some bring focus and determination, some bring flexibility and adaptation, some bring clarity and direction, some bring optimism and hope. The world is fascinating because of the 34 strengths given to us.

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How the 34 Strengths Deal with Change

Nov 12, 2019 9:02:07 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths


Lately I've been getting requests for strengths programs on the topic of change. The conversation goes like this, "We've had so many changes lately, and more are coming—how do we deal with change according to our strengths?" And I say, "That's a great question, let's talk about it!" 

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Why the Enneagram is Good for Business

Nov 6, 2019 2:39:46 PM / by Chris Heinz posted in Engagement, Self-Awareness, Enneagram


The Enneagram is making the rounds in social media, self-improvement circles, and spiritual communities, but is it good for business? In this post, we explore that question.

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Halloween Costumes for the 34 Strengths

Oct 29, 2019 5:15:20 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths


It's Halloween time, so we got to thinking how our strengths might dress up for the holiday. We've already considered how the strengths may celebrate their birthday, do Disney World® and choose a baby name. In this post, we wonder how they may dress on Halloween.

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How the 34 Strengths Celebrate Their Birthday

Oct 20, 2019 2:00:00 PM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths


It's my birthday, so I got to thinking how my strengths might affect the way I want to celebrate, and how folks with other strengths may celebrate theirs. We've already considered how the strengths may do Disney World® and choose a baby name. In this post, we wonder what they might do on their special day.

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Worldwide Strengths Statistics by Gender, Generation, and Country

Oct 17, 2019 9:19:15 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths


Are the top areas of talent for women different than for men? How are the strengths of Millennials unique from other generations? How is Japan different than every other country? These are the fascinating questions answered by Gallup, which recently released the all-time results of its CliftonStrengths® talent assessment.

The report, which reveals the results of more than 21 Million assessments worldwide, provides an interesting look into the top most frequently occurring strengths by gender, generation, and country.

Here are some highlights: 

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Where Strengths and the Enneagram Meet

Sep 25, 2019 7:49:36 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness, Enneagram


As I shared in the last post, self-awareness is critical for success in life, work, and relationships, and there are plenty of great tools out there. If you commit to learn from just one tool, you will be farther along today than you were yesterday, and tomorrow you will be farther along than you were today. So, what tools do I use when I work with people?

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5 Reasons for Self-Awareness

Sep 11, 2019 9:07:28 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Self-Awareness, Enneagram

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You find two kinds of people in life and work—those who pursue self-awareness and those who do not. Those who do not can become those who do, but it usually takes an act of disruption—even violence—to upset the status quo of self. I think we’re better off knowing ourselves than not.

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A Clean and Simple Formula for Giving Feedback Using Your Strengths

Aug 28, 2019 9:17:07 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Personal Growth


Most of us don’t enjoy giving feedback to people. That’s because there are three challenges to overcome. First, you may not have developed basic feedback skills. Second, you see the world a certain way. Third, the other person sees the world their way. That’s three big challenges that can create a mess. But you can overcome these challenges through a simple and clean feedback formula that makes use of your strengths.

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Why I Was Wrong about Strengths and the Enneagram

Aug 7, 2019 10:13:53 AM / by Chris Heinz posted in Strengths, Enneagram

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Recently I published a blog post about the intersection of the Enneagram and strengths. I was wondering how the CliftonStrengths assessment, which identifies natural areas of talent, might relate to the Enneagram tool, which explains nine personality types. After a couple of weeks of reflection and feedback, I’m rethinking some points I made in the blog post.

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